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Heat safety crucial as summer temperatures spike

Heat safety crucial as summer temperatures spike

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) -- The city of Columbia is already living up to it's slogan of "Famously Hot," and preparation is key during the sweltering heat.

According to Dr. Thomas Cook, it's important to understand just how sensitive we are to heat.

"Your brain is like an egg. As in, once you put too much heat to it, it starts to kind of fry and malfunction." This can lead to various issues, including bad decision-making.

Although the sunshine can be tempting, people should limit time outdoors to between 30 and 45 minutes can help. Running into the shade for a quick break --in addition to water, of course. That's another tip from Dr. Cook.

"Keep a cold drink handy," he says.

By taking the proper precautions and limiting exposure to the heat, the dog days of summer can be enjoyable instead of miserable.

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